Mayfair Theatre

1605 Biscayne Boulevard,
Miami, FL 33132

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Wometco’s Mayfair Theatre, located where the Omni Mall now stands, was Miami’s premiere art house during the sixties and seventies. It had a tiny foyer with a complimentary coffee pot and no popcorn. As a kid I used to wait until they played films I could get into since most foreign films were restricted to adults. Of all the Miami theatres of my youth, I miss the Mayfair the most.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on July 10, 2007 at 1:57 pm

That is funny! Man can I relate to that. I also grew up going to the Tower Theatre. I remember they had a lot of double features, not always in spanish. I remember watching The Good The Bad & The Ugly, then the 2nd feature was a mexican “vaquero” movie, usually dirty old Mexican vaqueros chasing the daughters of a poor Mexican farmer that was leading a good Christian life. Yes I too got bored of watching the vaqueros, so I also learned how to take the bus to go downtown.
Given the frequency of my visits to the Tower, I am sure I must have seen you there sometime. You have access to some great info and pics, if there is anything you want to share, this is my email: I wish this forum had IMs or a way to post an email on a profile, but it doesn’t. I enjoy your posts very much, you have a lot of knowledge of all the things that I loved when I was a kid growing up in Miami, so it’s always a pleasure and I look forward to you postings.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on July 10, 2007 at 2:20 pm

LOL. The Tivoli did similar programming. My mother would take us to see some popular family musical film from Spain and the second feature would be some Mexican soft core porn or violence filler.
I also remember the Tower’s name for the subtitled version of THE SOUND OF MUSIC. It was LA NOVICIA REBELDE or literally, THE REBEL NUN.

I saw THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY on a double feature with HANG ‘EM HIGH at the Olympia.

Have you found this website yet?
http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/memories

Louis of Pompano
Louis of Pompano on July 10, 2007 at 2:56 pm

Wow, no I hadn’t. It’s in my favorites now. I guess Novicia means Monja in real spanish. You learn something new every day! Thanks

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 17, 2008 at 6:38 am

The Mayfair circa 1933. “Miami’s most unique theatre”

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MayfairMan
MayfairMan on March 21, 2009 at 11:46 am

I share with Al Alvarez a ‘favorite theatre’ of my youth affection for the Mayfair. If you went out the front door of the Mayfair and walked directly west 2 blocks you would walk into the back door to my house on NE 1st Court. Mom took me to see Great Expectations there in ‘46 (my first adult movie.) In my teens I was often able to get around the 'adult only’ restrictions because I was such a regular. Saw just about every foreign/art film that played there until I went away to college in ‘58. Met and got to know Gloria DeHaven (at the time married to Dick Fincher the Oldsmobile dealer at 16th St & NE 2nd Ave) who was a regular matinee maven like me.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 3, 2009 at 11:12 am

Opening day ads for the Mayfair, 1932:

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willimd
willimd on September 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

In the 50’s the studios of CBS radio affiliate WGBS-AM-710, a Storer station were located upstairs.

guarina
guarina on May 11, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I loved it. Remember seeing “Ship of Fools” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth” there.

stuB
stuB on June 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

Unfortunately, I never visited the theatre. But to my great fortune and good timing, I was able to purchase six of the magnificent art nouveaux chandeliers that hung in the theatre as it was being torn down to make way for the Omni. I displayed them prominently in my restaurant in the Hotel Place St. Michel for the last 40 years. Since i have recently closed the restaurant, I wish to pass these treasures on to the next caretaker who will cherish them as all my patrons have since 1973. They are 80 yrs old, in mint condition and looking for a buyer.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

stuB, I remember the beautiful Mayfair lamps from your restaurant and may find you a buyer who will take good care of them. Let me know how much you want for them at .

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